Monday, September 25, 2017

ARC Review - Llewellyn's Complete Book of Divination

Richard Webster, one of the world’s bestselling new age authors, explores the incredible wide variety of divination techniques from around the world. Discover explanations and in-depth techniques for thirty divination practices, including common methods such as tarot, astrology, palmistry, numerology, pendulums, runes, and the I Ching, as well as less well-known forms such as automatic writing, candle reading, coin divination, flower reading, sand divination, and many more. 

Book Breakdown 

There is so much to learn from this book! I honestly just got it because I wanted to read more about tarot, runes, and of my favorite the pendulum. They are my favorite ones to use. That being said, I learned about some ways of divination that I have never even heard of (which isn't that shocking as I've only been learning these things for almost three years so there is lots I don't know), there is candle reading... I didn't even know that was a thing! There is also sand reading... yeah it was so cool to learn about these things. I also got to learn more about the I Ching, which is something that has fascinating but something that never really worked for me. Not to mention there is palmistry which is something else I enjoy. I can't even name everything in this book as there are lots. It covers all the big ones and ones that like I said, didn't even know was a thing. 

I love that they start basic for beginners but there is also things that I learned and think it would be good even for an expert as you can learn something new or even refresh your memory. Not to mention it's a good reference guide, that's what I'll be using it as. It even goes a bit into the history of the different ways. Bottom line: get this book. It's so worth it! 

*Thank you to NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Music Monday - Reggaetón Lento

This meme is hosted over at Always Me.

I have recently found this group and fallen in love. I just love the sound of Spanish, it sounds even more stunning when it's song. Someone teach me Spanish! 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bitten - Book Breakdown (Review)

Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.

So she left the Pack and returned to Toronto where she’s trying to live as a human. When the Pack leader calls asking for her help fighting a sudden uprising, she only agrees because she owes him. Once this is over, she’ll be squared with the Pack and free to live life as a human. Which is what she wants. Really.

Book Breakdown 

I've been reading more 'adult' books lately because of all the crap happening with YA and this is one I've been wanting to read for a while. I love the TV and when I found it it's based on this book. I had to grab a copy and I am glad I did! 

This book follows Elena, a werewolf, the only female werewolf, who was not bitten by choice. She doesn't like what she is now and instead tries to fight against it. Moving away from Stonehaven and into the big city. Her life in Toronto is what she thinks she wants, Philip, being the man she thinks she wants. This novel is all about Elena coming to terms with herself after a decade of being bitten. It's also got a pretty bang up plot. Mutts trying to take over the pack and the pack has to stop them. 

I love the take on werewolves in this novel. They don't change every full moon and aren't some creepy half human half wolf thing when they change. They turn into real wolves and they are so badass. I've been missing some good paranormal reads and this sure filled me with happiness to read.

I will say that the book does skip over the fighting scenes a bit... it was better in the show but that is my opinion. I love Clay in the book as much as I do in the show and Elena is still badass and I loved getting inside her head. Everything moved so fast that I would read four chapters without even thinking about it. All in all, I did enjoy this novel a lot and can't wait to get the next one in my hands!

Favorite Quotes

1) “You forget, darling.
I am the local psychopath.”

2) “Are you the welcoming committee? Or has Jeremy finally chained you up to the front gate where you belong?"

Friday, September 22, 2017

50/50 Friday - Author You'd Most/Least Like to Meet

This meme is hosted here and over at Blue Eye Books.

What is 50/50 Friday? 
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read.

Topic for the Week
Author You'd Most/Least Like to Meet

I would love to meet two authors more than the any other and that's because they are my favorites. Heck, without one of these authors I wouldn't even be here. Yes, I am talking about SJM and JLA. 

Honestly, I can't really say there are many authors I wouldn't want to meet. I have a friend who met Aprilynne Pike and said she was really rude to her. So I will go with her for this. Which is sad because back in the day, I really loved the book Wings.

Topic for Next Week
Character Most/Least Likely to Run Naked Down the Street

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday - The Continent

Expected publication: March 27th 2018

For her sixteenth birthday, Vaela Sun receives the most coveted gift in all the Spire—a trip to the Continent. It seems an unlikely destination for a holiday: a cold, desolate land where two nations remain perpetually locked in combat. Most citizens lucky enough to tour the Continent do so to observe the spectacle and violence of battle, a thing long vanished in the peaceful realm of the Spire. For Vaela, the war holds little interest. As a smart and talented apprentice cartographer and a descendent of the Continent herself, she sees the journey as a dream come true: a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve upon the maps she’s drawn of this vast, frozen land.

But Vaela’s dream all too quickly turns to nightmare as the journey brings her face-to-face with the brutal reality of a war she’s only read about. Observing from the safety of a heli-plane, Vaela is forever changed by the sight of the bloody battle being waged far beneath her. And when a tragic accident leaves her stranded on the Continent, Vaela finds herself much closer to danger than she’d ever imagined—and with an entirely new perspective as to what war truly means. Starving, alone, and lost in the middle of a war zone, Vaela must try to find a way home—but first, she must survive.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Random Mini Review - The Witching Hour

The Witching Hour--that moment when every fiber of your beings says, "This is the time to do the magick, the ritual, the enchantment for what I need." It could be dawn, a misty twilight, or the deepest, darkest inky night. It's a time when all of your being urges you to get up, get moving, and get working! Confidence that you can easily step from the problem at hand to the success that you desire seething around you. And you know, to the depths of your soul, it is time for magick! The moment of your own power has matured!

This is a book of magic--formulas and techniques for working with herbal blends and powders, techniques for connecting to the ultimate oneness of universe, inspiration for deepening your magical work and seeing your intentions become real changes in the world.

Mini Book Breakdown 

Looking for simple spells, charms, chants, and powders? This book is for you! Not only does it contain these things and more but it also has ways to ground yourself, to cleanse yourself from negative energy. I love how to shows you to prepare for magic. The things to cleanse your mind and energy for ritual. There is quite a things that I can't wait to try after reading this book. So many herbal blends and powders and even a few meditations. I'm glad Silver RavenWolf has decided to write again. Her book To Ride a Silver Broomstick was the first Wiccan book I ever read and while I know some people don't like her, I find her writing easy to follow and informative. 

There is so much info in this book that I can't even begin to cover it in this little review, you need to read this book for yourself and you won't regret it. Also if you are looking for a step by step into herbal blends and powder, this is perfect for you! I loved how detailed it was, from the herbs themselves to the tools you will need to make your desired item. This is just a wonderful book. I'm so glad that NetGalley gave me a copy in exchange for an honest review!